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09-30-2012 07:25 PM


i was out in the shop today making some cuts on my ts and when this happened.fortunately it wedged with the fence and i had a pretty decent grip on it,or thats what i think happened.just a lucky day for me and a little ticked off because i got in that position.i think it drug on the fence and wasn’t sliding easily.i think i need to build a sled to do my cuts with.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 07:31 PM

Cross cut sled was one of the first things I built. Do it! You will FEEL better and be safer. Not that hard to build one. :)

Glad you didn’t get bit. That would have made things worse than a dinged up piece of wood.

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 08:17 PM

Just for the sake of clarification/opinion/argument/safety/etc——

Isn’t the proper way to CC a board, is to use a miter gauge WITHOUT a fence?

That is, until you build that crosscut sled… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 09-30-2012 08:29 PM

You’re correct HMike !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 09-30-2012 09:55 PM

Using the rip fence to crosscut is a bad idea. I’ve done it too in my younger days and had similar results. I learned on an old underpowered saw thankfully and didn’t get hurt.

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 02:49 AM

“I think it drug on the fence and wasn’t sliding easily”. That pretty much explains why you shouldn’t use the fence when crosscutting. I’m glad you escaped injury. Mount that gouged board in a prominent place as a reminder not to do that again!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 03:14 AM

one of the first things i learned was never to crosscut with the rip fence. i always used a mitre gauge and never had a problem

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 06:26 AM

These guys all have the right idea. You’re really lucky you didn’t get killed. Mount that sucker where you’ll see and remember.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 06:51 AM

Cross cutting with the fence as a guide is dangerous, but you can still use the fence to locate the cut safely. Make a short fence addition from some scrap that attaches to the fence well behind the blade. It only need be an inch or so in length. Clamp it to the fence and use it as a stop block to locate your cut. Use the miter gauge to make the cut…when the workpiece comes in contact with the blade it no longer is sliding against fence so you avoid the potential to twist your workpiece like what happened to you.

Best advice of course is a cross cut sled, or a different tool like a miter saw. But in a pinch, the above works and is much safer if you want repeat cuts.

-- Jason

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 05:13 PM

Sled fence idea – I used some extra pieces of 3/4” hardwood flooring screwed together for the back of the sled, straight as an arrow and not cutting up a piece of thick lumber like most of the plans have.

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 09:54 PM

thanks everyone i learned my lesson that was the first time i cross cut on the ts and the scared the s#!t out of me to say the now i’m going to build a sled so i don’t have that problem again.thanks for the idea on hanging it in the shop as a reminder.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 10:00 PM

Check out these two links as you decide how to build your sled. I found these to be quite useful in building mine.

Eagle Lake Woodworking

Steve Marin on tablesaw sleds and alignment of runners

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 10:29 PM

thanks mike.i appreciate the links both are nice i’m gonna study them both and try to come up with something.i looked at some plans yesterday on the net but didn’t care for what i saw.these are both great sleds thanks again.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 10-01-2012 10:41 PM

Just clamp a board to your fence, so after the cut the board isn’t wedged into the blade. Good to hear that nothing bad happened.

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#14 posted 10-01-2012 10:55 PM

Yep! That’s the dreaded kickback arc. Once warned/twice careful.
Glad ya weren’t banged up.


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#15 posted 10-02-2012 01:58 AM

I agree with AJ—using a fence as a stopblock for crosscuts is useful, but having a block on the fence ensures safety.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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